Three Bulldogs named finalists for in-state awards

Gavin Ware

Gavin Ware

Three Mississippi State players were picked as finalists for the C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophies on Monday.

Senior Gavin Ware and freshman Quinndary Weatherspoon were selected as finalists for the Howell Trophy, which is awarded to Mississippi’s top men’s basketball player while sophomore Victoria Vivians is up for the Gillom Trophy, an award she claimed last year as the state’s best women’s basketball player.

Ware, a 6-foot-9 forward, leads the Bulldogs with 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. The Starkville native also tops the SEC shooting 61.9 percent from the field. Weatherspoon is a guard from Canton and is averaging 12 points and 4.6 rebounds but leads the team during conference play at 14.8 points and 23 steals.

Quinndary Weatherspoon

Quinndary Weatherspoon

Ware and Weatherspoon are the first MSU men’s finalists since Arnett Moultrie and Dee Bost during the 2011-12 season. Moultie won the Howell Trophy that year.

Ole Miss senior guard Stefan Moody, who won the Howell Trophy last year, is the other finalist.

Vivians ranks second in the SEC averaging 16.8 points per game for the Bulldogs, who finished the regular season tied for second in the league.

The 6-foot-1 guard from Carthage can become only the third ever back-to-back winner of the Gillom Trophy joining Delta State’s Veronica Walker and fellow Bulldog Alexis Rack.

Ole Miss sophomore guard Shanricka Sessom and Delta State senior guard Chelsey Rhodes are the other two finalists for the Gillom Trophy.

Winners will be announced during a luncheon on March 7 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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